For Seniors: Open a Game Center Account for iPad

The Game Center app on iPad 2 is your one-stop gaming destination. To use Game Center on iPad, you must set up a free account. Game Center provides a place where you can add your gaming friends, track your scores, and shop for games in the App Store.

The iPad is super for playing games, with its bright screen, great sound system, and ability to rotate the screen as you play and track your motions. You can also use the preinstalled Game Center app to help you find games, add friends to play against, and track scores.

Of course, you can also download games from the App Store and play them on your iPad without having to use Game Center.

  1. From the Home screen, tap the Game Center icon.

    If you’ve never used Game Center, you’re asked whether to allow push notifications. If you want to receive these notices alerting you that your friends want to play a game with you, tap OK.

  2. Tap Create New Account.

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    The New Account dialog box appears.

  3. If the correct country isn’t listed in the New Account dialog, tap in the Location field and select another location.

    If the correct location is already showing, tap Next to confirm it.

  4. Tap the Month, Day, and Year fields and enter your date of birth, and then tap Next.

    The Game Center Terms & Conditions dialog box appears.

  5. Swipe to scroll down (and read) the conditions, and then tap Agree if you want to continue creating your account.

    A confirmation dialog appears; tap Agree once more to accept for real!

  6. Tap each field or the Next button above the onscreen keyboard and enter your name, e-mail address, and password information. Add a question and its answer, in case you forget your password.

    Use the e-mail address associated with your Apple ID. Also, be sure to scroll to the bottom of this dialog and choose to turn off the e-mail notification subscription if you don’t want to have Game Center send you messages.

  7. Tap Next to proceed.

    The Create Profile dialog box appears.

    You can change account settings from the Game Center Home screen. Tap your account name and then View Account, make changes to your settings, and then tap Done.

  8. In the Nickname field, enter your “handle” to be known by when playing games.

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  9. If you don’t want other players to be able to invite you to play games when Game Center is open, tap the Allow Game Invites On/Off slider to turn off the feature.

  10. If you don’t want other players to be able to send you e-mail, turn off the Find Me By Email On/Off slider.

    If you leave this feature on, be sure to scroll down and verify the e-mail address you want others to be able to use.

  11. Tap Done when you’re finished with the settings.

    You're returned to the Game Center Home screen, already signed in to your account with information displayed about friends, games, and achievements (all at zero initially.)

After you create an account and a profile, whenever you go to the Game Center, you log in by entering your e-mail address and password and then tapping Sign In.

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